TERRE HAUTE —
If rain can stay away from the Terre Haute Action Track just once Tuesday, fans will get to see Tony Stewart and Ken Schrader drive UMP Modified cars on the half-mile clay oval as part of NASCAR Night.
“They will be racing in the UMP Modifieds,” track promoter Bob Sargent confirmed to the Tribune-Star. “They did it last year too. Both of these guys are big traditionalists and they like traditional tracks like Terre Haute. They really enjoy coming here.”
So far in 2013, rain has cost the Action Track all three of its scheduled cards, including the Tony Hulman Classic twice. If Mother Nature cooperates this time, Stewart and Schrader will sign autographs outside their trailers after the races have concluded, but not before, Sargent said.
Stewart, 42, is a three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driving champion (2002, 2005 and 2011). Heading into the weekend’s rain-delayed Quaker State 400 Presented By Advance Auto Parts at Kentucky Speedway, Stewart sat 15th and Schrader was 42nd in the 2013 Sprint Cup point standings.
Also on Tuesday’s schedule is the final race of the KISS (King of Indiana Sprint Series) tour, sanctioned by the Midwest Sprint Car Series (MSCS).
Brady Short leads the KISS standings by a comfortable enough margin (80 points ahead of runner-up Kevin Thomas Jr.) that if he simply starts the 30-lap feature, he’ll be crowned the 2013 KISS champion. That’s worth an extra $1,200 in his pocket.
The program also will be a point-paying event for the MSCS, with the feature winner receiving $2,500.
“There will be probably be a lot of drivers there,” Sargent said.
Having notched KISS victories at Bloomington and Gas City in May and adding a pair of fifth-place finishes, Short has been fast and consistent in the Pottorff Logging sprinter. The battle for second will focus on Thomas, Kokomo winner Robert Ballou, Hunter Schuerenberg and Casey Shuman, all within 64 points of each other. Thomas leads the MSCS point standings, 13 ahead of Short. Daron Clayton is third, followed by Kyle Cummins and Ballou.
Jon Stanbrough has won more KISS features in Terre Haute than anyone else, with victories in 2001, 2003 and 2006. The six-time KISS champion is teamed with Daryl Tate and Shane Wade’s Amati Racing and will be hunting for his 20th KISS win. Ballou won last year’s KISS visit to the Action Track. Other past KISS winners at the track include Levi Jones and Shane Cottle.
Weather permitting, pits will open at 3 p.m. Tuesday, with general-admission gates opening at 4, hot laps starting at 6 and racing at 7. Admission costs are $30 for a pit pass, $20 for grandstand, $15 for infield and free for children 10 and under.
For more information on this card and future cards at the Action Track, visit www.terrehauteactiontrack.net or call 812-232-4040.
2013 KISS point standings — Brady Short 680, Kevin Thomas Jr. 600, Robert Ballou 581, Hunter Schuerenberg 577, Casey Shuman 536, Levi Jones 492, Dave Darland 479, Shane Cottle 427, Jerry Coons Jr. 400, Chris Gurley 351.